¿Where’s the Outrage Here?

Sep 4th, 2010 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Immigration, Politics
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THE BORDER REPORT

When I used to write about illegal migrant deaths on a daily basis, there was a macabre joke that nobody cared about the people who actually died, merely the number. It was meant as black humor but it carried a certain truth: You could have 200 migrants dying in the desert but the only one who garnered notoriety was the record-breaker; if you had 200 this year and 200 last, the one who got the public’s attention was the 201st.

That’s a little bit how I feel about these 72 migrants found murdered in a mass grave in Matamoros, in late August. Suddenly, Mexico and the United States perked up. Now Ecuador and Honduras are equally excited. Let’s keep in mind that consistently, over the past ten years, an average of 200 people die every year trying to cross through the Arizona desert. The Pima County Medical Examiner told the Arizona Daily Star that it has processed 1,669 deaths since 2001. Keeping track by fiscal year instead of calendar, the ngo, Derechos Humanos, tracks 2,065 since 2001, its members tell the Tucson Weekly.

Working in Sasabe with a broadcast crew from Spain last week, we ran into a group of 20 Guatemalans heading west along the border line. It was 103º out, early afternoon and they were standing in the shade of an orange building, waiting for the smuggler to give the signal. Vague with their answers of their destination, some said they had the idea of working in the U.S., saving up some money, a narrative that’s common, and yet profound when you consider how many migrants share it. They started off with excitement, a few of them smiling, moving quickly, all young.

Their smuggler was walking them seven miles along the Mexican side of the border to where the Homeland Security Department’s fences stopped, replaced by easily breached vehicle barrier. The problem was, some of these people were clearly not going to make it. A mile in and some were already faltering, falling back, a little bit at first, then more, the gap widening.

This woman in brown below was particularly a concern. How far is she going to make it? They’ve got a day’s walk on the Mexican side, energy already depleted, heat, relentless, then a few hours waiting for a Border Patrol agent to clear from an area, then a walk to some Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation pueblo, at least another day’s hike to there, then either one more day to Tucson or three to Phoenix, moving at 25-30 miles per day.

Where’s the outrage here? Anyone?

Honduras is going after Ecuador for revealing there was a second survivor in that 72 or 76 person massacre in Matamoros. “We regret the president of Ecuador gave out this information irresponsibly, and didn’t take into account the risk to the Honduran’s life,” complained Honduran Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati.

Excuse me, but the Honduran’s life was placed in jeopardy long before he ran into whomever pulled the trigger just south of the border.

In the case of the 72 dead, the Mexican government was quick to blame the Zetas based on the account of the first survivor. I remain skeptical. These days, every disorganized thug who seeks affiliation calls himself a Z and it seems unlikely that a real Zeta would identify himself as such (what the hell did they say: “Hi, we’re Zetas and we want you to work for us?” Yeah, no.) Blaming the narcos-non-grata of Mexico is also a convenient way to dismiss the likely involvement of authorities working with whomever pulled the trigger.

So Honduras blames Ecuador. The New York Times blames the Americans. Mexico blames the Zetas. The Americans blame organized crime in general, all for 72 people who only garnered national attention because they happened to die together.

The message is clear. This is not acceptable:

And yet, this is:

It’d be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

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  1. The most difficult part for me is that there are so many that would risk their lives, and do so all the time to be in a country where , there is little appreciation and respect for what is available. And the US wonders why it is hated by so many.

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    guest Reply:

    Trust me Americans realize how good they have it. Especially, those who have traveled outside this country. I don’t fault these people for want to come to the U.S. but rationaly I don’t see how anyone could blame U.S. Citizens for wanting to control who comes into THEIR country. The Mexicans talk about the white racist but if your for having an open border and letting people just come in as they please and your hispanic your just as racist as anyone. If these were Irish coming in I’m sure you wouldn’t give a damn. On a math note about 30 million have came in since 1980 if you count the 16 million Reagan gave amnesty to that is about 10% of the U.S. population. Unemployment is at 10% hmmmmm do the math. How about Mexico start taking care of there own people!!!

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  2. may be i missed something about the Ecuatorian survivor’s first declarations, i have watched some of the videos the main Mexican news papers have posted on their sites, and the survivor never said that when they were kidnapped, the kidnappers identified themselves as zetas, or that they offered the immigrants work as sicarios for $1000.00 dollars a week, in fact, he only mentioned the zetas when he says that, the zetas were killing a lot of people, he also said the the kidnappers didn’t kill a pregnant woman and her daughter, and that they let them go, that would be a stupid move from the zetas, letting somebody leave just like that, after identifying themselves as zetas, it just doesn’t sounds right.

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  3. any way i can get the full story on the 20 guetemalens mike?

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  4. Many of the news channels with not air the whole interview, at one point he says that the aggressors did not sound like Mexicans, he says they sounded centroamerican…

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  5. Mike, thank you for doing this article!
    We recently found one lone backpack in the corrals at our ranch.
    There were a few items of clothing, a pair of shoes, and a wallet that had nothing, but a picture of a family.
    My son has the picture ,and we can only pray that this man is safe. This is one of thousands that have passed through our place.
    Only God has the answer to this mess, why don’t we?
    I agree with Esmerelda, this has turned into a nightmare.

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    Jackie Reply:

    what was the picture(kids? girls? boys?)

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  6. is it a crime if I go to the Border (in the US side) and give this people some water and food?

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    ilegal Reply:

    that’s not a crime, it’s a labor of love, but i bet there are people out there that will tell you that you are helping criminals invade this country, and that by helping them out, you are a criminal yourself.

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    Tantos Reply:

    No, it’s not a crime to give water to someone in need. It is a crime to transport or harbor illegal aliens. But the T.O. Nation ( where these people crossed) doesn’t allow derechos humanos folks on their land to leave water.

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  7. ” “No society can enjoy domestic peace and security without a functioning justice system supported by appropriately trained and equipped law enforcement and justice personnel who are respectful of human rights and rule of law,” said a State Department spokesman, Harry Edwards.”

    “The Mexican government, in a statement, called the findings an affront to its sovereignty. “The Merida Initiative is based on shared responsibility, mutual trust and respect for each country’s jurisdiction,” the statement said.”

    “Nik Steinberg, Mexico researcher for Human Rights Watch, said, “Any withholding of funds would be a step in the right direction, but given the total impunity for military abuses and widespread cases of torture, none of the funds tied to human rights should be released.”

    Elisabeth Malkin and Randal Archibald, “U.S. Withholds Millions in Mexico Antidrug Aid”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/04/world/americas/04mexico.html

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  8. wtf????blog del narco closed???why do you guys think that shit happened?government involved on this shit?

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    ricky Reply:

    @ talegon. The replacement website for blogdelnarco is (www.mundonarco.com) same person\ web developer. The domain is only changed!!!

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    talegon Reply:

    thanks!!!!

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    Phrynosoma Reply:

    Someone connected to BdN seems to use Twitter as @InfoNarco, and tweets new posts, comments on the blog’s status etc. Over 14,000 followers and seems to be rising steadily.

    There was a tweet the other day that I think said mundonarco would have the same content minus gory photos, but my Spanish is poor so I could be mistaken.

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  9. si, la quiero rescatar

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  10. i think the outrage starts (or should start) not in the Mexico U.S border, but in the immigrant’s’s own countries, when they gathered in some prearranged place to plan what day would they be leaving their countries to pursuit “the American dream”, their own governments should take notice of that, but instead, they even hand out leaflets with indications on how to find water and how to avoid dangers while crossing the deserts, not knowing (or pretending not to know) that they are sending those poor people to an uncertain future, rape, robbery, beatings, discrimination, humiliation and even to their deaths.

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    Tantos Reply:

    Good point, Illegal, but since when did Mexico and most of the other banana republics ever give a crap about their poor people? Poor paisas have always known they can’t trust Mexican police, but now there is a complete breakdown of civil society in many areas of Mexico.

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  11. 10 Million people walk through the Altar ,Ava valley in 10 ,12 years 2000 die in temperatures I wouldn’t take my dog into.Not to be cold on the ones that died,but I’d say the survival rate was pretty dam high.

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  12. Han visto “Border Wars” en el canal National Geo. , esa madre en Nogales ta pesada.

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  13. It is very strange that there’s no outrage. I had a similar thought with the Gov. Brewer “headless bodies” comment. It would be horrible if there were headless bodies in the desert in Arizona. But the media seem OK with the conclusion that those bodies were actually in the desert in Mexico. Huh?

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  14. Thanks for a good article, and the comments made are interesting as well. I, too, have more questions about this event. One, did these people come packed with “product”–cocaine and now their job, or usefulness was over. Just five pounds, not much to carry times 75 or so, close to the US market and this was the price of passage through Mexico.
    One thing that really stuck me, when I checked the location of San Fernando, Mex., it’s really a coastal area. So, this smaller amount of coke can move easily on ships. All the BP spilling has really put a lot of boats and ships all over the place, but how much of “clean up” ships are doing any law enforcement. Or, payiing any attention to smaller boats or private yachts hugging the shoreline.

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  15. sheriff Joe Arpaio want’s to kill immigrants with a .50 cal machine gun, i hope he finds his match and ends up with that thing deep inside his racist ass http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=979_1283745215

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    James Reply:

    ilegal,
    I did not get that at all from the video. I heard him say he wants to protect his men and wants to let anyone who is bent on assaulting them know he has enough firepower to keep his men safe. I don’t know him personally but if I worked for him that would make me feel better about risking my life while doing my job. What I want in a supervisor is someone who will spare no expense (money, politics or words) to give me the tools to do my job and keep me safe. That’s excatly what I took away from this short video.

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  16. Well, now there is supposed to be a third survivor of massacre. What to make of that? I have so many questions. And, a man was arrested in Ecuardor…as part of a human smuggling ring. Where do these people of such dire circumstance come up with the money to travel and pay off the smugglers? Couldn’t the money be used for school tuition, re-building public services in their villages, towns, anything but this. When I look at these 20 Guatemalans, I honestly wonder what will happen to them. Can they really endure winter in the Midwest? What will they do for cash…to eat and have shelter. What jobs are out there, for real.

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  17. These so-called agencies are “fudging” the numbers in a negative way so that it looks as if it’s not as bad on the Border. This tactic is used in hopes of deterring the US from sealing Border, which will happen within the next 5-7 years, if not sooner.

    Oh, by the way, I found this article. Who cares what Mexicans think? This is America. We have freedom. Freedom to write or draw anything we want.

    http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/us-cartoon-of-mexican-flag-draws-ire-across-the-border/19621257?test=latestnews

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    ilegal Reply:

    oh yeah, not Guatemalans, nor Salvadorians, only Mexicans, lol! it looks to me that the Mexicana-macana it’s the only one that really that gives you a reach around…

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  18. EL PINCHE BURRO HABLANDO OREJAS…”Mexico, pais corrupto y asesino;”..”Somos un país que grita mucho para exigir que mexicanos sean respetados en Estados Unidos, pero poco o nada hacemos por respetar y cuidar a quienes transitan en iguales o peores condiciones a lo largo del país”, opino el cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera.
    La Arquidiócesis de México exhortó a los católicos a exigir cuentas a las autoridades responsables de la migración, porque “no podemos acostumbrarnos a la tragedia” y de ser un pueblo hospitalario “nos hemos convertido en un pueblo corrupto y asesino”.
    El semanario Desde la Fe, en su editorial “La tragedia de nuestros hermanos”, afirmó que “somos un país que grita mucho para exigir que mexicanos sean respetados en Estados Unidos, pero poco o nada hacemos por respetar y cuidar a quienes transitan en iguales o peores condiciones a lo largo del país”.
    El arzobispado señala que aún hay capítulos pendientes para mejorar la realidad social, verdaderos problemas que deben analizar y resolver los legisladores, los jueces y las autoridades locales y federales. Y es una pena que siempre estén ocupados en asuntos intrascendentes y banales y en propuestas de leyes y reformas totalmente desfasadas sin atender las situaciones humanas que por su gravedad requieren respuestas eficaces y soluciones de fondo.
    Por su parte, el cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera, al calificar de “abominable” el crimen de los migrantes en Tamaulipas, demandó que se apliquen medidas especiales para que esto no vuelva ocurrir.
    A la misa asistieron los embajadores de El Salvador, Hugo Roberto Carrillo; Filipinas, Francisco Ortigas; de Italia, Roberto Spinelli y de Honduras, Martha Carolina Pineda.

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  19. FINALLY Law Enforcement is gaining a ground in this epic battle!!

    http://www.theonion.com/video/police-seize-more-than-50-in-wire-from-nations-wea,18016/

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    ilegal Reply:

    good lord! that guy makes La Familia Michoacana’s meth operations looks like a joke, and look at the stuff the feds seized from him, it most be worth something.

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    pioneer Reply:

    It’s the ONION…a satire

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  20. Remember 2003, when 19 people died while being smuggled in a truck and the driver didn’t turn on the ventilation? The massacre is going to go the same way, arresting everyone that ever talked to them like they are part of some scary criminal human smuggling ring that prefers to kill people than get paid. They called some young girl a ringleader and threw her in jail, problem solved, public appeased. The same thing will happen now and no one will ever really be sure of what happened and why.

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  21. take a look everybody, Calderon already started the “Bicentenario” festivities, he is drunk as fook and talking nonsense http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/707200.html

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  22. Interesting article on another failed state: Greece. I’m thinking there needs to be a category like “paper-mache country” to describe entities that seem at a glance to be modern nation-states but have no substance. Also, the debt-binge of Greece might not be far from Mexico’s experience with oil.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2010/10/greeks-bearing-bonds-201010?printable=true

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    Jerry Reply:

    mexico isn’t close to greece debt wise. i loved that article and i want a job on the greek railroad!

    From Wiki:
    the Mexican government also offered incentives for Greeks to work in Mexico, specifically in Sinaloa. During the 1940s, the Mexican government invited a large number of Greeks to Sinaloa to improve harvest of tomatoes.[1] Soon the Greek community became so large that the area around the Tamazula, Humaya, and Culiacán rivers became known as the “Valle de Grecia” (“Valley of Greece”).[2] Today, Sinaloa has a heavy Greek presence, and Greek surnames are very common in the state. Greek Mexican families can also be found in other major cities around the republic, such as Mexico City and Guadalajara.

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  23. chale raaaza!! jajajajajaj che goviernoooo, ya aparecio el peine…jajajaja la barbie cayo por exeso de velocidad, que operativo ni que nada

    http://www.razon.com.mx/spip.php?article45857&tipo=especial

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    ilegal Reply:

    that’s why la barbie was laughing….

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  24. The miners from el sinicato have started shooting , kidnapping , setting up road blocks around Canapas.
    If your traveling or have buisness here be aware of your surroundings , especially foreign contractors.

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    Jerry Reply:

    http://af.reuters.com/article/metalsNews/idAFN0811776420100908?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

    http://www.ueinternational.org/Mexico_info/mlna_articles.php?id=174

    USW has guys on the site from the US and canada.Let’s wait and hear their story. Grupo M is the devil

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  25. now it’s official http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/707554.html

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  26. it looks like the people of Chihuahua is already tired of the cops not doing their job properly…granny has some steel balls and a dead-eye http://lapolaka.com/2010/09/09/abuela-chihuahuense-se-convierte-en-heroina/

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  27. We need to do the right thing. Save these people, give them food and water and medical care and send them home WHILE MAKING THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES FIX THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS THAT ENCOURAGE EMIGRATION AND FIXING THE SAME IN OURS WHICH WANTS THEIR CHEAP LABOR.

    SHAME ON THOSE WHO PERPETUATE THIS ABOMINATION.

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  28. I’m glad to see someone putting the blame where it belongs for the deaths of illegals, Mexico.

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